Gresini to use Ducati bikes in 2022, Di Giannantonio, Bastianini confirmed

Gresini Racing will use Ducati power as an independent team in 2022, as well as confirming Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini as their riders.

Currently, the Gresini outfit run in partnership with Aprilia on the MotoGP grid, but this is set to change as the Italian squad forms their own independent team from next year, with Aprilia continuing their premier-class journey alone.

The team will also be sponsored by Flex-Box, who have long been involved with a number of other MotoGP teams on the grid.

It was expected the team would choose to form a deal with Ducati, although it is not known whether the 2022 or 2021 spec Desmosedici GP bike will be used.

Nadia Padovani, Team Owner of Gresini Racing, said she is incredibly proud of the news, and also paid tribute to Fausto Gresini who passed away earlier this year due to Covid-19 complications.

“It’s a very emotional moment for each of us,” she said.

“In previous months, our efforts merged with a strong emotional push to shape the future of Gresini Racing, and now are immensely proud and happy to make the official announcement.

“It is a project born out of continuity and based on values upon which Fausto built this amazing institution.

“My thank you goes first and foremost to Carmelo Ezpeleta for making sure we never felt alone during these months, to Ducati for trusting our projects, to Flex-Box who joined us in this new challenge as title sponsor and obviously to Fabio and Enea: I’m sure they will give their best to wave the Gresini Racing banner high.”

With confirmation that the team will run using Ducati bikes, and the expectation that the new VR46 Team will announce the same, it will mean one third of the bikes on the grid will be Ducati powered.

Bastianini will make the switch to the team after his rookie year with Esponsorama Racing, whilst Di Giannantonio will jump up into the premier-class from Gresini’s Moto2 outfit.